IDC reports PC shipments increased for the first time in five years last quarter. Global PC shipments grew 0.6 percent during Q1 of 2017.
IDC initially estimated the market would decline 1.8 percent during the first quarter. While .06 percent may not seem substantial, PC shipments have continually declined since 2012.
“The traditional PC market has been through a tough phase, with competition from tablets and smartphones as well as lengthening life cycles pushing PC shipments down roughly 30 percent from a peak in 2011,” Jay Chou, IDC research manager, said.
Many consumers and enterprises alike are choosing to utilize smartphones and tablets as their primary computing devices instead of PCs, because of more convenient size and competitive computing and storage abilities. While the PC market may have seen slight growth last quarter, PC shipments still are not what they once were.